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  • A national trait.
    26th August 2021 Portimão Boatyard, Portugal – Portimão, Portugal There are plenty of things that make the British, British. Only a Brit would happily use a condiment named after its colour, Brown Sauce, a Brit can take unending interest in the most mediocre of weather and only a Brit could be shamed by a simple…
  • Working with friends.
    18th August 2021 Portimão, Portugal – Portimão Boatyard, Portugal People often ask what we did for work. In the corporate world we could reply with lines such as ‘Helping organisations drive efficiencies, reduce risks and increase operational effectiveness through smart technologies’. This week if someone asked what we did for work we’d reply by saying…
  • The calm before the storm.
    11th August 2021 Isla Culatra, Portugal – Portimão, Portugal Storms are well forecast and before they hit there is always an eerie calm. Storms are always best avoided but some have to be tackled head on, they are inevitable and once they pass the boat and crew will have grown together. For weeks we have…
  • Camera’s gone AWOL
    5th August 2021 Cadiz, Spain – Isla Culatra, Portugal Capital cities always have a rich history, are full of vibrancy and offer sights that take your breath away; on the downside they are also known for their crime and unfriendly people. Cadiz could be the capital of Spain (if it could only find some unfriendly…
  • Risk management.
    30th July 2021 Roquetas de Mar, Spain – Cadiz, Spain via Gibraltar and La Linea, Spain Risk management. This is not just something that is left to the finance departments of big corporations or the military leadership in conflict zones, this is a key skill in successfully taking a boat to sea. Some risks can…
  • The walls of travel agents.
    25th July 2021 Cala Xaracca, Ibiza – Roquetas de Mar, Spain via Sant Antoni, Cala Comte, & Cala Tarida, Ibiza In times gone by, if you wandered into a Travel Agent* the walls would be adorned with pictures selling experiences from all around the world. There would be photos of sandy beaches kissed by turquoise…
  • Discharged.
    18th July 2021 Puerto Pollença, Mallorca – Cala Xarraca, Ibiza via Port De Las Caletas, Ibiza Discharge. On the downside this word conjures up images of puss oozing out of festering wounds, while on the upside it can denote what happens to a cargo at the end of a long voyage. For Ruffian ‘discharge’ ushers…
  • Boat Maintenance in Exotic Locations.
    13th July 2021 Cala Figuera, Mallorca – Puerto Pollenca, Mallorca via Puerto Pollenca & Cala Figuera, Mallorca There are lots of proverbs to describe the cruising lifestyle. Sometimes they speak of exploring new cultures, or being at one with nature, other times these proverbs focus on topping up tans and gin and tonics on the…
  • Dualism.
    7th July 2021 Cala de ses Ortigues, Mallorca – Cala Figuera, Mallorca via Punta de sa Foradada, Cala Tuent & Cala de sa Calobra The ancient philosophy of Yin and Yang centers around how opposite or contrary forces are actually interconnected, complementary and interdependent. These Yin and Yang forces have been in action as we…
  • To find blue. Think outside the box.
    2nd July 2021 Cala Es Trenc, Mallorca – Cala de ses Ortigues, Mallorca via Palmanova & Camp de Mar, Mallorca When Henry Ford first created the Model-T he didn’t offer a range of options or trims. His marketing however stated that you could have it in any colour; as long as it’s black. Similar could…